Thanks for the pic. Those old models have quite a history with respect to their lookings I was wondering whether or not this pic is slightly distorted: the model looks less wide compared to its height when you comapre it to the pics of Jules. Also the port bvelow the lower 'slingerlijst' look larger. Perhaps the result of lighting conditions. Pics can sometimes be very misleading.... I had a small discussion with Jules some time ago on the lines of the famous zweidecker as shown by Winter: does he show the wrong lines, or did the model for some reason not have the typical characteristics of a Dutch ship. The old pics can shown hardly any evidence....
I think you are right, the picture is indeed a little stretched, the model has a slightly broader stern. As for the lines of HZ, check up Jules´ remarks on Sept. 11th on this thread. I think he´s right in saying, that there is nothing wrong with the model, there´s something wrong with the plans. Bye, Rein
I´ve just found a great download. It´s a little booklet from the Bijlokemuseum about the Restauration of the Gent-model, co-authored by Mr. Birnie, with lots of Information about the model and some old pictures from before the restauration. Here´s a newer example. Birnie also made a protokoll of his work on the model. Enjoy! Rein
I too, had the opportunity to examine the STAM model in Gent. As this model was most likely built around the same time as the Hohenzollernmodel my hope was to clear questions that are still open on the HZM, though it cannot be examined closer as the HZM simply doesn't exist anymore. We were permitted to handle the model and to take photographs and measurements. My main objective was to get inside the model. As large deck-areas can be removed it was easy for us to get in there with mobile-phones and small cameras but not everywhere. This is down inside the hold looking aft:
There is a sense of neglect but also of simplicity. It is said that at one stage the keel was seriously damaged which caused it and the hull bottom to distort. There are only a few knees and riders, where there should be one at nearly each deck-beam. These images were taken down through the main cargo-hatch as I could get in there with my mobile-phone. This next image was taken down the same hatch, looking to port and slightly forward:
And here Looking forward:
Unlike the Hohenzollernmodel there is no galley down here and no sleeping accommodations. We noticed that the STAM model isn't as well built as the HZM.
Now let's move up to the great cabins. One question that I hoped to get answered was what the inside of the stern looked like. The surpsing answer was: it is planked. This is far and away the best picture, and the most important, that was taken on this session. I'm sure Jan (Amateur) won't mind me posting one of his pictures here:
The picture was taken inside the great cabin looking aft. The following Pictures are from the starboard-side quarter gallery. We could only just get in there with our mobile-phones but weren't able to move the cameras around anymore. We could only take this Image looking forward (at the ceiling):
...and this one looking aft (at the toilet)
This is inside the captains cabin looking aft. Note the two gunport and that the inside of the stern is planked:
And the next two views are inside the trumpeteers cabin. No bunks, no furniture just a bare room. It rather gives me the impression that it was for convicts and not musicians. This image is looking aft towards the port side:
And this is the port side looking slightly forward:
This interesting fella here is the cable-hatch lid:
And here from underneath:
The bunks only consist of walls and not the bunks themselves:
We were there for a whole afternoon. Road-traffic on the way there wasn't on our side. It took as five hours to get there. At best it can be done in three. We were exhausted but soon realised: we're going to have to go back. Clearly we got some questions answered, but being there and looking at the photographs afterwards brought up many additional questions. In general we can say that the model isn't as well built and detailed as the HZM. It was most likely built by another workshop. Sadly it has been bashed about with a great deal during the past decades.